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I am a developer and IT manager working in the rare book trade. Often I find that other people in similar roles have little interest in what happens in the trade or in the technology used within the trade. Equally, there is little regard for what book collectors might find useful or frustrating with regard to this technology.

In my role I am exposed to a lot of news about things going on inside and about some of the more exciting books, maps and prints that move through shops and auction houses. I get to help with design work for catalogues and have an insight into the latest and greatest fairs that are going on around the world.

Although I don't earn the sort of salary that affords me to collect much for myself, I do have a great appreciation for the stock that I see and I am quickly becoming more capable of recognising prize items and unique collections. I don't claim to be an expert in the trade by any means, and I expect that many of my opinions may be misguided and techno-introverted. That said, I think that it is high time that someone with a view to many of the technological frustrations within the book trade started sharing some ideas about how we can all improve what we do.

In my blog, I hope to discuss a range of things both book and technology related. Including software used in the trade, methods of dealing with remote trading at fairs, web site usability and search engine optimisation. I will also take the opportunity to post a bit of news that I get to hear about working in the industry, as well as write a few opinion pieces on some of the web sites and books that I discover while doing my job. I hope that in the end, this becomes a useful resource for book sellers, book collectors and people in similar roles to myself in the near future.

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ian  |  February 8, 2007 at 12:23 am

    I assume you are moderating all your comments at this point, not a bad idea. You certainly have managed to get some of the bookishly inclined all in a lather. You should read the posts I have been getting to a biblio-listerv group. As a recovering attorney, I tend to take a slightly different view…don’t blame you at all for the path you are wandering…though I do think your employer is dead wrong (and profoundly short-sighted) on this front.

    I hope you are able to return. As has been offered elsewhere, you are welcome to guest post at LM-LO (anon or otherwise).

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  • 2. Scott  |  April 10, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re ending your blog as I just now discovered it. I’d really enjoy hearing more about your take on the technical side of the rare book industry as I perform a similar function.

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